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Michael Brodkorb

Michael Brodkorb

, Star Tribune

Brodkorb charged with drunken driving; judge shrinks suit against Senate

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • February 13, 2013 - 9:26 PM

Fired Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb is being charged with drunken driving and other counts after a January crash that left him injured.

Lilydale City Attorney Thomas Lehmann said he has issued a complaint charging Brodkorb with four counts, including fourth-degree driving under the influence, a misdemeanor. He also faces a misdemeanor count of careless driving and a petty misdemeanor count of wearing no seat belt.

Brodkorb crashed his sport-utility vehicle on a highway near St. Paul on Jan. 23 and was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Brodkorb was a communications aide to Senate Republicans. He was fired in 2011 after an affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

Brodkorb said he has no comment at this time.

Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson has dismissed three counts from Brodkorb's lawsuit over his firing, but two discrimination counts remain as the case goes forward.

Brodkorb's suit claims he was unfairly treated because female Senate staffers who had affairs were not punished.

Nelson left the discrimination counts, but dismissed Brodkorb's claims that he was defamed. She wrote that statements made by Senate Secretary Cal Ludeman were not defamatory because they were made in the context of "heated" negotiations.

Nelson also dismissed the state and unnamed Senate employees as defendants. The Senate and Ludeman are the only defendants going forward.

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